Butler’s Brad Stevens signs 12-year deal

Brad Stevens is content to keep coaching the Butler way.

The 33-year-old coach, who came within a buzzer-beating shot of winning the NCAA men’s basketball championship, signed a 12-year deal Thursday that extends through the 2021-22 season.

Team spokesman Jim McGrath declined to say how much the deal was worth, though Stevens had a total compensation package of $750,000 last season. Athletic Director Barry Collier acknowledged Tuesday that Stevens was in line for a pay raise.

The Bulldogs got the man they wanted to stay.

“Brad has demonstrated that he’s the right fit for Butler University,” Collier said in a statement. “Our program has grown under his leadership, and we’re excited about our future under his direction.”

USC has hired Dieter Horton, a former coach at Fullerton College and Antelope Valley College, as a men’s basketball assistant coach, the school announced.

Horton, 39, spent the last four seasons at Antelope Valley College before retiring in March. He spent 10 seasons at Fullerton College and in 2006 led the team to a 37-0 record (the most wins in California junior college history) en route to a state championship.

Assistant Coach Bob Cantu was promoted to associate head coach, rounding out a staff that was overhauled when USC Coach Kevin O’Neill fired former assistants Gib Arnold and Phil Johnson at the end of the season.

Last month, O’Neill promoted strength and conditioning coach Tony Miller to assistant coach.

—Baxter Holmes

Fred Hill appears to be out as Rutgers basketball coach after four seasons.

Hill was informed by the university that he wouldn’t be retained because of multiple violations of the conduct clause in his contract, the Home News of New Brunswick reported, quoting a source close to the situation.

The newspaper said that Hill has been offered a buyout and was deciding whether to accept it.

Oklahoma sophomore guard Willie Warren, Vanderbilt junior center A.J. Ogilvy and Penn State junior guard Talor Battle said they plan to make themselves available for the NBA draft.


Hernandez is going to Manchester United

Javier Hernandez, the 21-year-old scoring leader for the Mexican national team, has agreed to a transfer to Manchester United of the English Premier League. Hernandez’s Mexican club, Chivas de Guadalajara, will receive an undisclosed transfer fee once Hernandez obtains a work permit.

Hernandez, who was named to Mexico’s preliminary World Cup roster and has 10 goals in eight games for Chivas this year, is expected to join that team in training camp this weekend. He won’t begin his assignment in England until after the World Cup.

—Kevin Baxter


New charge in Kerrigan case

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 70-year-old father in what prosecutors called a drunken rage during a trivial argument over use of the family telephone, the Middlesex, Mass., district attorney’s office said.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court grand jury in the Jan. 24 death of Daniel Kerrigan.

He had already been charged with assault and battery on an elderly person resulting in serious bodily injury.

New Orleans Hornets majority owner George Shinn is negotiating to sell his stake in the NBA club to south Louisiana businessman Gary Chouest, who has owned 25% of the team since 2007, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The person familiar with both men’s plans and the anticipated sale told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not been signed.

Cam Atkinson scored the first of three goals in a 1:35 stretch midway through the third period, helping Boston College pull away from Miami of Ohio for a 7-1 win in the Frozen Four at Detroit.

The Eagles will play Wisconsin in the final Saturday. The Badgers defeated Rochester Institute of Technology, 8-1, in the other semifinal.